Years ago, I subscribed to the following belief:
“Any shoe that doesn’t have a 4-inch heel is called a sneaker.”
Obnoxious, wasn’t I? Yeah, I was that 20-year old who teetered to work in stiletto heels, never stumbling or wavering. And after 8 hours at the office, I’d party it up at the club in a different pair of cute stilettos. Did I feel pain? Meh, I don’t remember. It was all about the shoes.
Well, I’ve since learned another saying. And it includes something about eating my words. Because the truth is, after five years, two kids and a work-at-home job (where I’m literally barefoot for 23 out of 24 hours each day), I’ve developed an aversion to anything that doesn’t feel completely, absolutely, persistently comfy. Reality: sneakers are my preferred mode of fashion these days.
So, rather than deny my need for comfort, I’ve decided to embrace it; setting aside my heels for special occasions and rocking flats whenever socially acceptable.
Which brings about another problem. It’s called #ShoeShame.
Shoe shame is a feeling most fashionistas have when they enter a room and are immediately confronted by a sea of stilettos – while they stare down at their frumpy, chunky flats. To experience shoe shame, one must be a) a former heels wearer, b) incredibly vain, or c) a combination of the two. Guilty.
Of course, there is a remedy to shoe shame. And that is to buy a few pairs of FUFs – also known as F-U Flats. FUFs are generally designer shoes that are sleek, sophisticated and convey a very strong message: “I didn’t feel like wearing heels today so F-U, I decided to throw on my (insert frivolous designer here) flats that probably cost more than your monthly car payment.”
I know, it’s silly. But there’s a reason why Tory Burch’s Reva flats are $225, no?
Hence, I decided that if I wasn’t going to put out, I might as well ante up. So I bought my own FUFs.
Sleek and sophisticated? Check. Frivolous designer? Check. Monthly car payment? Not nearly as much, but in the ballpark, so check. And the best part? I feel confident, put together, and most importantly, incredibly stylish when I wear them. However, there’s just one small problem…
You see, I have very narrow feet. Triple AAA width, to be precise. So no matter what the style, I always have to wear insoles to fill in my shoes and give me enough support so my foot doesn’t fall out. Until recently, I’d become accustomed to the tacky, gel insoles or the smooshy vinyl ones. Of course, wearing those imparted a different kind of shoe shame, because insoles don’t necessarily feel awesome against bare feet, and I’ve had to endure peeling my feet from my shoes when visiting friends and family. Très gross.
Enter my new favourite remedy: Dr. Scholl’s For Her Sole Expressions.
First, the insoles come in a 3-pack for just $16.99, so I have more than enough to go around and fit every shoe from sandal to stiletto. Second, the insoles come with a tapered front and a notch to fit even thong sandals, so there’s no toe-crowding and comfort can be achieved regardless of the shoe style.
However, the very best thing about the Sole Expressions insole? They’re made with a soft foam that not only looks great (fashionable top cloth patterns – hello!), but they feel great too – especially against bare feet! So, if you’ve got a pair of shoes that you love to wear sans leggings, this is the insole for you.
The Dr. Scholl’s For Her Sole Expressions insoles will be available at all major retailers of Dr. Scholl’s products beginning in mid-October. Trust me, you’ll want to pop a couple of these in every shoe – and here’s some incentive; an assortment of coupons for their amazing products. In the meantime, connect with Dr. Scholl’s on Facebook, or visit their website.
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